29 January 2014
Weather in the World :
13° in Philadelphia, 16 in New York Boston has 17 clouds while in Chicago it 6° and Minneapolis has -1 in Paradise Michigan 1° with clouds
79 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas. Under clear skies.
70 % humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.08 inches
Wind is from East at 23 MPH
No rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours.
National Weather Service says : Partly cloudy. High 78F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph.
Cruise Ship News : Carnival Glory, Crown Princess, and Disney Fantasy are at Havensight Dock
the Royal Princess is at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:
Headlines : Governor sends down legislative proposals, Scott Free Bridge road is closed, What’s happening on Thatch Cay, David Bromberg documentaty of WTJX tonight.
At the top of the news on !!AIR – January 29 Wednesday
On Monday we heard the state of the territory address. The governor sent some legislative proposals to the legislators on Monday too. The governor asked the Legislature to restructure the fiscal year budget. He wants to publish the names of delinquent taxpayers. He asked them to approve using funds from the rental vehicle surcharge to repave roads. The governor asked the Senate to approve a measure setting up a public corporation to receive the assets of the Lonesome Dove Petroleum Corp, from settlement of a tax dispute and direct those funds to early childhood education and the hospitals. The governor wants proceeds from the Diageo agreement to enhance our 911 emergency response system and for more surveillance cameras for the Police Department, dredging of Schooner Bay and demolition of the Ralph deChabert housing community. The governor is asking the Legislature to amend the hotel development act to extend its deadlinesthe time period for hoteliers to develop their plans, and expand the scope of the hotel development act to include the minor islands, Water Island Hans Lolick, Great St. James Little St. James, Lovango Cay and other sites.
On Tuesday the Governor heard from the senators regarding the tone and content of the state of the territory address. Some senators were diametrically opposed to the Governor’s ideas. They say there is too much that benefits the wealthy and corporations and not enough benefit to the wage earners who work at regular jobs.
Here comes the repair to Scott free road bridge. Commissioner of Public Works Daryll Smalls says that work to construct a temporary access road into the Scott-free area has already begun. No through traffic will be allowed. A section of the road adjacent to the bridge will be closed to through traffic until the temporary access is completed residents who use scot-free road as a bypass will need to take an alternate route, and residents who live north of the bridge will need to access from Solberg Road. Island Roars Corporation expects to have the temporary access completed by the end of February.
Once happened to the two new ferry boats? Redhook One in Cruz Bay One are still tied up in Crown Bay. Transportation services and Varlack Ventures are supposed to take the new ferry boats into service but they seem mired in paperwork; insurance, management service agreements, final inspection, certification… The boats were supposed to being used by Christmas now it may be the end of February before they get going.
What’s happening on Thatch Cay. Still nothing. Vacant land, nothing on that island. But developers who were denied a permit to build are before the Board of Land Use appeal todfay asking for a permit. None of the staff of DPNR oppose the project. If the owners get their permit – ThatchCay will have 100 homes, 24 support buildings, club houses, spa, marina, 21 seat dock, 25 boat moorings… Big development for a vacant island.
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All public secondary schools in both districts will be closed on Friday, Jan. 31st. Staff from these schools will also be attending professional development and training sessions.
The District Court on St. Croix says their phones are on the fritz. If you need help from the District Court called the St. Thomas division and 774-0640.If you are in the jury pool for the District Court on St. Croix and were supposed report today – Do NOT report as scheduled but called the automated phone system at 774-5916 for further information.
Do You have a young person who would like to go to medical school? University Virgin Islands and Boston University will have a public presentation on Thursday, January 30 in the teacher education building on the St. Thomas campus and the great Hall on the abridging St. Croix campus. Doctor Samantha Kaplan is in town and will interview potential applicants for the program on January 30. The public program is 6 to 7 p.m. on January 30.
Good News from Crimestoppers – they makin’ 5 years. Crimestoppers has been on the job taking anonymous calls from people who know about crimes and weapons and helping the Police Department solve crimes. Today there is a celebratory event at the Richard Callwood command on St. Thomas Crimestoppers makin’ 5 years and working hard.
The Senate Committee on Culture, and Historic Preservation, has hearing this evening 6:30 pm at the St. John Legislative Annex. They'll take testimony on an Act assess of the cadastral and land records for St John in the Recorder of Deeds. They will also discuss findings and solutions to records management related to land and boundary disputes, land rights, property and cadastral records for St. John. This evening at 6:30 PM at the St John Legislature.
Arts Alive in Tillett Gardens with a special concert event on Friday, January 31st with musical icon David Bromberg. Bromberg plays multiple instruments and has collaborated with Bob Dylan, Jerry Jeff Walker, the Grateful Dead, The Eagles, Ringo Starr, Willy Nelson and Carly Simon. He is back this Friday and now news that WTJX will air a documentary with David Bromberg this evening at 9:00 PM. Bromberg will be at Tillet Garden Call 776-8566 on Friday but you can hear him tonight on WTJX at 9:00 PM right after Face-to-face.